New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

August 20, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Making a play : a Field party novel

August 19, 2019
Glines, Abbi, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
313 pages ; 22 cm.
In the small town of Lawton, Alabama, high school senior Ryker, a player on and off the football field, falls in love with a deaf girl who lives with her overprotective twin brother and bigoted father.

When you've been blessed : (feels like heaven)

August 19, 2019
Thompson, Adrienne, 1973-
214 pages ; 23 cm
"A gospel singer's world is ripped apart by an unexpected revelation, leaving her wondering if anything is really as it seems, and sending her on a journey towards healing and an unlikely love."--Amazon website.

The revolution of Birdie Randolph

August 15, 2019
Colbert, Brandy, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
325 pages ; 22 cm
Sixteen-year-old Dove "Birdie" Randolph's close bond with her parents is threatened by a family secret, and by hiding her relationship with Booker, who has been in juvenile detention.

Color me in : a novel

August 15, 2019
Diaz, Natasha ( Natasha E.), author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2019]
373 pages ; 22 cm
Fifteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz is torn between two worlds, passing for white while living in Harlem, being called Jewish while attending her mother's Baptist church, and experiencing first love while watching her parents' marriage crumble.

The undertaker's assistant

August 15, 2019
Skenandore, Amanda, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
326 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Effie Jones, a former slave, escaped to the Union side as a child. Taken in by an army surgeon and his wife, she learned to read and write, to tolerate the sight of blood and broken bodies, and to forget what is too painful to bear. Now a young freedwoman, she returns to New Orleans and earns her living as an embalmer, her steady hand and skillful incisions compensating for her white employer's shortcomings. Encounters with a charismatic state legislator named Samson Greene, and a beautiful young Creole, Adeline, introduce her to new worlds of protests and activism, of soirées and social ambition. As Effie seeks out her past she faces loss and heartache, but also a chance to finally find her place. --Provided by publisher.

Black card : a novel

August 14, 2019
Terry, Chris L., author.
258 pages ; 22 cm
"An uncompromising examination of American identity. In an effort to be "black enough," a mixed-race punk rock musician indulges his own stereotypical views of African American life by doing what his white bandmates call "black stuff." After remaining silent during a racist incident, the unnamed narrator has his Black Card revoked by Lucius, his guide through Richmond, Virginia, where Confederate flags and memorials are a part of everyday life. Determined to win back his Black Card, the narrator sings rap songs at an all-white country music karaoke night, absorbs black pop culture, and attempts to date his black coworker Mona, who is attacked one night. The narrator becomes the prime suspect and earns the attention of John Donahue, a local police officer with a grudge dating back to high school. Forced to face his past, his relationship with his black father and white mother, and the real consequences and dangers of being black in America, the narrator must choose who he is before the world decides for him."--Publisher.

Sycorax's daughters

August 14, 2019
xix, 536 pages ; 23 cm
Foreword / by Walidah Imarisha -- Introduction / by Kinitra D. Brooks -- Tree of the forest seven bells turns the world round midnight / by Sheree Renée Thomas -- The lonely, salty sea / by A.J. Locke -- Scales / by Cherene Sherrard -- Letty / by Regina N. Bradley -- A real friend will let you break / by A.J. Locke -- Ma laja / by Tracey Baptiste -- Red scorpion / by Deborah Elizabeth Whaley -- Born again / by RaShell R. Smith-Spears -- Thirsty for love / by Vocab -- How to speak to the bogeyman / by Carole McDonnell -- Sweet Jesus in the corner / by Tenea D. Johnson -- The monster / by Crystal Connor -- Last of the red hot lovers / by Amber Doe -- Taste the taint : a cursed story / by Kai Leakes -- Whispers & lies / by Deborah Elizabeth Whaley -- Cheaters / by Tish Jackson -- Kim / by Nicole D. Sconiers -- More's the pity / by Tenea D. Johnson -- Summer skin / by Zin E. Rocklyn -- A blues* / by Tiffany Austin -- Taking the good / by Dana Mcknight -- Polydactyl / by Tanesha Nicole Tyler -- Mona Livelong : paranormal detective II / by Valjeanne Jeffers -- The malady of need / by Kiini Ibura Salaam -- The ever after / by L. Marie Wood -- Perfect connection / by Deana Zhollis -- Foundling / by Tenea D. Johnson -- Rise / by Nicole Givens Kurtz -- Of sound mind and body / by K. Ceres Wright -- Asunder / by Lori Titus -- Terror and the dark / by Carole McDonnell -- The tale of Eve of De-Nile / by Joy Copeland -- Sweetgrass blood / by Eden Royce -- The armoire / by Patricia E. Canterbury -- A little not music / by LH Moore -- Dyer died in silence / by Vocab -- The Mankana-kill / by L. Penelope -- Toward a peacock poem / by Tiffany Austin -- Mama / by A.D. Koboah -- To give her whatsoever she would ask / by R.L. Joseph -- The empty house / A.J. Locke -- Afterword: Sycorax's daughters unveiled -- Afterword: Sycorax speaks.
Thought-provoking, powerful, and revealing, this anthology is composed of 28 dark stories and 14 poems written by African-American women writers. The tales of what scares, threatens, and shocks them will enlighten and entertain readers. The works delve into demons and shape-shifters from "How to Speak to the Bogeyman" and "Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight" to far future offerings such as "The Malady of Need". These pieces cover vampires, ghosts, and mermaids, as well as the unexpected price paid by women struggling for freedom and validation in the past. Contributors include: Tiffany Austin, Tracey Baptiste, Regina N. Bradley, Patricia E. Canterbury, Crystal Connor, Joy M. Copeland, Amber Doe, Tish Jackson, Valjeanne Jeffers, Tenea D. Johnson, R. J. Joseph, A. D. Koboah Nicole Givens Kurtz, Kai Leakes, A. J. Locke, Carole McDonnell, Dana T. McKnight , LH Moore, L. Penelope, Zin E. Rocklyn , Eden Royce, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Andrea Vocab Sanderson, Nicole D. Sconiers, Cherene Sherrard, RaShell R. Smith-Spears, Sheree Renée Thomas, Lori Titus, Tanesha Nicole Tyler, Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, L. Marie Wood, K. Ceres Wright, and Deana Zhollis.

Ethic. V

August 13, 2019
Ashley Antoinette, 1985- author.
Utica, MI : Ashley Antoinette, Inc., 2018
308 pages ; 22 cm
Life has never been easy for Ethic. Since he was a young boy he has battled loss after loss while struggling to navigate through a treacherous world. When he met Alani Lenika Hill he knew that he had met the woman who would love him back to life. They have weathered a storm together and their love is no fated that neither ever want to let it go, but it seems their bubble of happiness is an illusion becuase life around them is falling apart. When Morgan Atkins attempts suicide, their bliss is shattered. So much is on the line. So many things hang in the balance as Morgan fights for her life. Her broken heart has led her to this, but if she dies, the soul of Ethic's family will be buried with her.

King Reece

August 7, 2019
Sinclair, Shaun, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
263 pages ; 21 cm.
Life couldn't get better for the Crescent Crew. With an exclusive Mexican pipeline, they've got the Southern drug trade on lock. Former founder Qwess is leveraging rap superstardom to break the music industry's commercial stranglehold. And former leader Reece is fresh off a five-year prison bid-and out to forever secure the Crew's dominance. But as Reece is working a brutal vendetta, a Crew mutiny will drag him back into all-out street war. Now, between the ambitious young Crew and ruthless OG Reece, only one can live to reign.

Love and the game

August 7, 2019
Sherri, Johnni, author.
264 pages ; 21 cm
At twelve years old Perri Daniels is a tomboy at heart, fitting right on in with the guys. Instead of making up cheers and playing double dutch, like most girls her age, she spends her time fighting, hooping and playing video games alongside her best friend Plus. Living only two doors down from one another in the Millwood Projects of Prince George's County, Maryland, the two grew up more like family than friends. However, as they later enter their teenage years, Perri discovers her secret desire to be more than just Plus's best friend. She has a terrible crush on him that seemingly just won't seem to go away. On prom night, the two surprisingly lose their virginity to one another causing their relationship to take an unforeseen turn. On the exact day of her and Plus's high school graduation, she discovers she's pregnant with his child. Forced to face the hard reality that, in spite of everything, Plus merely considers her to be his "friend", she gives up her own basketball scholarship and carries on. But as the years continue to go by, Perri grows into this vivacious woman and the two gradually switch roles. Emotions Plus never knew existed come flooding in when he realizes he may have to share his best friend with another man. When Derrick, a tall handsome basketball player sweeps Perri off her feet, she finds herself torn between the two. NBA bound, Plus eventually goes on with his life, only sharing a daughter and a withering friendship with Perri. But when tragedy strikes, will the two circle back to the connection they once shared as youths, or will they let sleeping dogs lie? Find out in this urban adventure and romantic journey through time, Love and the Game.

The safe house

August 7, 2019
Swinson, Kiki, author.
266 pages ; 22 cm
It was supposed to be easy money. A few exchanges for cash, one big payoff, and then life would be better than ever with bills all paid and money in her pocket. But the plan fell apart and now she's made an enemy: a drug cartel leader out to destroy any competition-- and get payback by any means necessary. Now Misty is under federal protection-- and the cartel leader is killing off her family and friends. Misty has no choice but to ditch the feds and take down her merciless pursuer on her own.

Street soldier 2

August 2, 2019
Silhouettes (Author)
Deer Park, NY : Urban Books, 2012.
223 pages ; 21 cm
Taking on a new reputation as a street hustler, former street soldier Prince Perkins, vowing to keep his pockets fat with cash, tries to stay away from his poverty-stricken mother, who refuses to leave her abusive husband.

Princess Hair

July 26, 2019
Miller, Sharee (Illustrator) author.
Solon, Ohio : Findaway World, LLC, [2019]
1 Wonderbook (1 volume (unpaged)) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Powered by a rechargeable battery ; USB charger required for recharging.
Audiobook originally released by Hachette Audio.

The vows we break

July 25, 2019
Cole, Briana, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
viii, 259 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
"Dafina books."
"Kimera Davis had a plan to jump start her life and land on easy street. But a disastrous marriage has her making amends and picking up the pieces. It's a struggle to balance her new responsibilities and her ex, who keeps pressuring her for another chance. All of this has her family scandalized, and with her minister father's health suffering, trying to do the right thing is pulling Kimera and the only man she's ever really loved further and further apart ... But as Kimera's bad luck piles up, she senses there's something more than faulty decisions at play. Someone's playing a desperate, dangerous game with her life ... and she'll have to win if she wants to survive."-- Provided by publisher.

Too sweet to be good

July 25, 2019
Jackson, K. M, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
viii, 342 pages ; 17 cm.

Truly madly royally

July 24, 2019
Rigaud, Debbie, author.
289 pages ; 21 cm
New Jersey girl Zora Emerson is attending her pre-college prep at Halstead University, where the incredibly wealthy and stuck-up students go, and after only a week she is feeling academically confident but socially out of place; then an awkward mix-up of cell phones brings her into closer contact with Owen Whittelsey (prince of a small European country) and his security guards--but it is when Owen asks her to be his date at his brother's royal wedding that life becomes really complicated.

I do love you still

July 22, 2019
Morrison, Mary B, author.
New York : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corporation, [2019]
viii, 292 pages ; 24 cm

September : (the Christina Dandridge story)

July 22, 2019
Thompson, Adrienne, 1973- author.
186 pages ; 23 cm
"Born to an interracial couple in Arkansas circa 1960, Christina Dandridge's life was tumultuous from the start with things only growing worse as the years passed. Wrought with abuse and abandonment, Christina's life is a journey of ups and downs and trials and triumphs. This is a companion novel to the Been So Long series, chronicling the life of Mona-Lisa's mother and setting the stage for the dysfunction that plagued the lives of both Mona-Lisa and her sister, Cleo."--Page 4 of cover.

Been so long 2 : (body and soul)

July 19, 2019
Thompson, Adrienne, author.
191 pages ; 23 cm
"A woman, her husband, her ex-lover, and the ties that bind them together... The drama continues in this eagerly awaited and highly demanded sequel to Been So Long. Married for three years, Mona-Lisa and Corey face normal, everyday marital issues. But with a past like theirs, normal can spiral out of control at any second. Will they be able to hold things together or will Mona revert to her old ways?"

Been so long III : (whatever it takes)

July 19, 2019
Thompson, Adrienne, author.
210 pages ; 23 cm
"They're back...Mona-Lisa, Corey, and Wasif return in the third installment of the popular Been So Long Series with more drama, more ups and downs, and the ongoing battle of love vs. lust."--Back cover.

Been so long IV : (rhythm of love)

July 19, 2019
Thompson, Adrienne, author.
183 pages ; 23 cm
"The gang's back, picking up where they left off in Been So Long III. Mona is still struggling to trust her father. Cleo is still struggling to find hers. And Mona, Corey, and Wasif? Well, that's still complicated."--Back cover.

Been so long

July 18, 2019
Thompson, Adrienne.
[United States] : Pink Cashmere Pub. Co., ©2011.
224 pages ; 23 cm
A woman, her married lover, an ex-boyfriend, and the ties that bind them together. Whatever Mona wants, Mona gets ... including another woman's husband. But when a face from the past re-enters her life, she begins to question the decisions she's made. Will she make a change or stay the course with her lover?

Side chick nation

July 15, 2019
De León, Aya (Novelist), author.
New York : Dafina Books, [2019]
vi, 375 pages ; 21 cm.
Fed up with her married Miami boyfriend, savvy Dulce has no problem stealing his drug-dealer stash and fleeing to her family in the Caribbean. But when she gets bored in rural Santo Domingo, she escapes on a sugar daddy adventure to Puerto Rico. Her new life is one endless party, until she's caught in Hurricane Maria--and witnesses the brutal collision of colonization and climate change, as well as the international vultures who plunder the tragedy for a financial killing, making shady use of relief funds to devastate the island even more. Broke, traumatized, and stranded, Dulce's only chance to get back to New York may be a sexy, crusading journalist who's been pursuing her. But is she hustling him or falling for him?

The nickel boys : a novel

July 12, 2019
Whitehead, Colson, 1969- author.
213 pages ; 22 cm
In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men." In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.


July 11, 2019
Murray, Victoria Christopher, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
327 pages ; 21 cm.
Zuri Maxwell isn't happy. Her job is a grind, and money is always tight. Her boyfriend Stephon is the best part of life, but between his income as an artist and her commission-based paycheck, they are barely scraping by.


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